In order to participate on Study Away Programs, students must meet the following eligibility requirements: minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application, 30 credit hours of university coursework completed at the time of application, be enrolled as a full-time student on the Springfield campus the semester prior, and be in good judiciary standing with the university. Additional eligibility requirements may apply depending on the program. Please contact Study Away Programs for further clarification of specific programs.
Academic Credit Transfer
Students participating on pre-approved Study Away Programs are eligible to transfer credit back to Missouri State University. With the exception of Short-Term Faculty Led Programs and the Missouri-London Program, all coursework must be pre-approved by the academic Department Head(s) and will transfer as pass/not pass.
Short-Term Faculty Led Programs and the Missouri London Program participants will be enrolled in Missouri State University courses and, therefore, will transfer their coursework as letter grades.
Use of Financial Aid
Students participating on pre-approved Study Away Programs are eligible to apply for all federal, state, and university financial aid. Students must be enrolled in full-time coursework during the fall and spring semesters.
Study Away Programs facilitates high quality academic programs to increase the cultural competence of the Missouri State community, while developing the global leaders of tomorrow. With hundreds of study abroad options to choose from, Missouri State University students can choose programs in over 70 different countries that run from one week up to a full academic year. The following highlights some of Missouri State University’s most popular Study Away Program offerings. To find out more about available options, students are encouraged to contact Study Away Programs.
The University participates in reciprocal student exchange programs with the University of Ballarat, Victoria; and University of Tasmania, Hobart. These locations offer students a relaxed lifestyle with cosmopolitan cultural diversity and breathtaking natural environments. Ballarat is located in Southeast Australia near Melbourne. It is a modern university with over 130 years of tradition. Hobart is the capital of the Island of Tasmania and is Australia’s second oldest city. Through these programs, students pay Missouri State tuition and fees to study for a semester or a year in Australia or Tasmania. Both universities offer a diverse range coursework across the curriculum, with a strong focus in the sciences. Transfer of credit is arranged through the Study Away Programs office and financial aid can apply to the cost of tuition and fees.
The University participates in an exchange program with the University of Blaise Pascal (UBP). UBP is located in the very center of France in the beautiful region of the Auvergne. All courses are taught in English at their campus in the town of Vichy, and students who study a full academic year can earn a diploma in International Business with French or International Studies with French. They also have a larger campus in the city of Clermont-Ferrand, where all courses are taught in French. The exchange is primarily directed towards business students, but classes taught in English at the Vichy campus are appropriate for other majors also. This exchange allows students to pay MSU tuition and apply their financial aid while abroad.
Another option for students with a French interest is ESC Rennes International Business School. This international school offers undergraduate and graduate classes taught in English. They offer courses each semester and summer, and are located in Rennes, France.
International Business Programs
International Business Programs (IBP) offers study abroad options to both undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines, with a focus in Business Administration. Most classes are taught in English, but language courses are also an option for students who wish to enhance their foreign language proficiency. IBP facilitates the Magellan Exchange Program and the reciprocal exchange with Blaise-Pascal University, France. For more information, visit the International Business Programs website.
International Student Exchange Program
The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is a non-profit network of 300 member institutions in 45 different countries cooperating to provide affordable international educational experiences for a diverse student population. Through this program, students pay Missouri State tuition, room and board, and are provided with the same benefits at their host institution. The program allows for summer, semester, and year-long study in a variety of academic fields, offering courses taught in English, as well as other foreign languages. Because of the flexibility in location, degree field, and languages offered, over 2,600 students worldwide participate in the ISEP program annually. Transfer of credit is arranged through the Study Away Programs office and financial aid can be applied toward Missouri State fees.
This exchange program offers study abroad opportunities for students at 16 Universities in 11 different countries outside the US including South Korea, Costa Rica, Germany, and Finland. Students are fully immersed in the educational and social life of the host country, providing experiences they could never have any other way. Each University offers courses in English and students can attend for a semester or full year. Many of the schools offer summer programs also. This exchange allows students to pay MSU tuition and apply their financial aid while abroad.
Missouri London Program
The University participates in the Missouri London Program (MLP) sponsored by the Missouri Consortium for International Programs and Studies. Through this program students live and study in London, England, and receive credit directly from Missouri State for MLP courses. Courses offered will vary from semester to semester and will be taught by participating faculty from each of the consortium institutions and by British nationals. The Missouri London Program is located in Kensington in central London. Classrooms are located at the Imperial College of the University of London. Frequent excursions are made to English and European places of interest.
National Student Exchange
The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides students the opportunity to study at one of more than 200 member campuses across the United States, its territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and Canada. Depending on the institution selected, students may pay tuition and student fees to their home institution or in-state academic fees to their host institution. Students may apply to study for a semester or an academic year. Transfer of credits is arranged through the Study Away Programs office and coursework is offered across the curriculum. Classes in Puerto Rico are taught in Spanish, and French language immersion programs are available on selected Canadian campuses.
Short-Term Study Programs
Short-term (1 to 8 week) programs offer opportunities for personal and intellectual growth that match those gained in traditional semester- or year-long study abroad programs. According to research conducted by the University of Delaware's Center for International Studies, students who have spent even three weeks studying in another country report a greater understanding and appreciation of other cultures and customs, a heightened awareness of their country's identity and place on the world stage, and a better idea of what is required to be a "global citizen." Over 50% of MSU’s Study Away participants choose short-term programs. Missouri State professors offer a variety of options for students to participate in short-term programs during the summer, between spring and fall semesters, or during the winter intersession (early January). Some of these programs are “total immersion” programs where students study with native speakers and live with host families. Previous Missouri State short term study programs have included: Spain, Italy, England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Ghana. Current short term program offerings are found on the Study Away Programs website.
Study in China Program
The purpose of the Missouri State University Study in China Program is to increase cultural and educational exchanges and to promote friendship and understanding between the United States and China. Missouri State University offers three major opportunities for students to study in China with or without a Chinese language requirement. Offered through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and China Programs, the Study in China Program allows students to choose options in Dalian, Qingdao or Zhengzhou, China. There are a variety of program offerings that have been developed to address the diverse needs of students and their academic focus. All three programs are inexpensive and offer tremendous language and cultural experiences. All credits will transfer to Missouri State University. Students in good standing who are enrolled in these programs on a full-time basis are eligible to apply for all federal, state and university financial aid. Finally, all enrolled students are eligible to participate in a pre-paid “Beijing tourist experience,” in addition to their study in China experience. Information and details for both experiences are available by visiting the China Program website or contact Tami Sutton at email@example.com, (417) 836-8501, stop by the office in Carrington Hall, Room 210.